Attr. George Inness (American, 1825-1924), watercolor tonalist landscape depicting a clearing surrounded by trees, under a hazy pink sky. Signed "G Inness" lower right. Pencil inscription en verso: FK = / 250. Framed under glass in an early 20th century giltwood molded frame with leaf carved corner ornaments; partial old label en verso of remnant of backing for "Ot…. Established 1840 Nashville Tenn… 9" x 7" sheet, 11 1/2" x 9 1/2" framed. Provenance: from a Nashville, Tennessee estate. Note: "Widely regarded in the late nineteenth century as America's premier landscape painter, Inness played a pivotal role in the transition from the literalism of the landscapes of the Hudson River School to a more subjective style inspired by French painting. Motivated by the increasing popularity of watercolor in the United States in the 1870s, he began experimenting in the medium during an extended trip to Italy (1870â74). He made fewer than fifty watercolors; they were never exhibited or sold, but they inspired his oil paintings." (Source: The Metropolitan Museum of Art). CONDITION: 1/2" tear and 3/4" dampstain lower right edge, 1/4" tear lower left edge. Three brown smudges lower half near trees may or may not be intentional. Paper toned, fading.
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